The issue of false charges once again reared its ugly head in Japan’s criminal justice system last year. The cases revealed that inappropriate investigation methods by the police and the prosecution are still in use.

The most effective way to reduce the chance of false charges being levied would be to electronically record the entire interrogation process and require that the prosecution disclose all evidence in their possession to defense lawyers and the court.

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